Get facilitated access to the next generation of scientists!

The UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences’ Student Industry Placement & Internship Program offers industry the opportunity to host some of Queensland’s brightest young scientific minds.

Program details

As an industry partner you can host students to undertake in-house projects which benefit your organisation, while the students obtain valuable practical experience and gain credit towards their degree.

Sign on now and your organisation can:

  • Trial potential future employees with minimal direct costs
  • Take on additional projects in a cost effective manner
  • Access current university technical knowledge and expertise
  • Inject fresh ideas and innovation into your organisation.

Further details about specific placement opportunities can be found below. To register your interest, or for more information, contact:

Associate Professor Vito Ferro
v.ferro@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69598

What our students have to say

Ann Damien
Bachelor of Biotechnology

Photo of student Qi Qi He

Qi Qi He
Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Student Van Mai

Van Mai
Bachelor of Biotechnology

Student Maany Ramanan

Maany Ramanan
Master of Biotechnology

Arvey Oliveros
Master of Biotechnology

 

What is required?

Depending on the student’s level of study, projects typically involve solving a technical or operational problem, or result in the student producing a report of their findings.

Students are supported throughout their placements by a University academic supervisor and insurance liabilities are covered by UQ. As the students receive academic credit, placements are typically unpaid; however organisations can choose to provide a stipend if they feel it is appropriate.

If required, a formal agreement can be signed by UQ and the industry partner to cover issues of confidentiality and Intellectual Property.

Program structure at a glance

Student level Placement duration Mode Facilities used Project requirements
    Fulltime Part-time Industry workplace UQ Lab  Mix of both Technical Paper-based
Doctorate Up to 13 weeks X   X     X X
Master Up to 26 weeks X X X X X X X
Honours Up to 35 weeks X   X X X X X
Undergraduate 8-12 weeks X X X X X X X
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Student level Placement duration Mode Facilities used Project requirements
    Fulltime Part-time Industry workplace UQ Lab  Mix of both Technical Paper-based
Doctorate Up to 13 weeks X   X     X X
Master Up to 26 weeks X X X X X X X
Honours Up to 35 weeks X   X X X X X
Undergraduate 8-12 weeks X X X X X X X

What kind of UQ student are you looking for?

Professional Doctorate students:

  • Compulsory, one semester full-time (up to 13 weeks) industry placement/internship.
  • Identify a technical or production problem or new product opportunities for a biotechnology company.
  • Develop a product development plan (with sensitivity analyses and rate of return projections) or a process/production/organisational solution (including projected cost savings and implementation schedule for the company).
  • Students typically have a science background and have completed business/commercialisation training to prepare them for placement. 

Masters students:

  • Compulsory, one semester (up to 13 weeks) industry placement/internship – full-time or part-time.
  • Undertake a technical research project, often focusing on product or process imperatives, or
  • Undertake an ‘internship’ which involves any aspect of the industry partner’s operations and can be paper-based (e.g., review of the regulatory landscape around a new product) or hands on (e.g., process optimisation.
  • Students typically have a biotechnology or biological sciences background (occasionally chemistry).

Honours students:

  • Compulsory, one year research project.
  • Generally technical in nature; paper-based projects with a commercial or management focus are also possible.
  • Must be suitable as preparatory training for research higher degree studies and have the potential to lead to publication(s) or be the foundation for further collaborative research.
  • Students come from a range of science backgrounds.

Undergraduate students:

  • Optional summer internship (8-12 weeks) from November to February for second and third year students
  • Minimum requirement of 1-2 days work a week for 8 weeks (students may seek to extend this).
  • Undertake technical or paper-based projects, R&D focussed or not, depending on the needs of the company.
  • Project reports are due at the end of Summer Semester (mid-late January).
  • Students come from a range of science backgrounds.

What our industry partners have to say

“We’re always looking for opportunities to host UQ students; we find they add real value to our organisation. Recently Van was placed with us and her research resulted in our Chief Scientific Officer updating the data in his technology overview presentation for prospective customers and partners” - Anteo technologies

“We had encountered what looked like an interesting chemical reaction, but didn’t have the time to explore this due to other commercial projects. During her placement with us, Qi Qi was able to successfully determine the structure of the unknown intermediate and provide valuable information for our discovery efforts.” – Alchemia

Are you a student interested in an industry placement?

Opportunities exist for qualifying students at the undergraduate, Honours, postgraduate coursework and professional doctorate levels. For more information visit the SCMB website and click on your program of interest.  

Still have questions?

Contact the Student Industry Placement & Internship Program coordinator:

Associate Professor Vito Ferro
v.ferro@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69598
 

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